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Yearly Archives: 2021

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

The timing belt is a critical component of the engine that keeps the camshaft and crankshaft in sync. When it breaks, it causes a lot of problems for you and your car. Timing belts are durable rubber with steel or polyester cords running through them. These belts are wrapped around the crankshaft, connecting to the camshaft at one end, and then to an idler pulley at the other end.   If your engine is not operating smoothly or has low power, your timing belt could cause it. It is essential to get the car checked out by a professional as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the vehicle.   What Is a Timing Belt? The timing belt is an essential part of your engine. It keeps everything in time with each other, which is why it's called a timing belt. A timing belt is a rubber timing gear that synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft with the crankshaft. The timing belt or timing chain can connect the camshaft to the distributor shaft. It controls ... read more

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Every vehicle has a long list of warning lights that sometimes makes an appearance. But the one that most car owners dread the most is the check engine light. This yellow light is a signal that something is wrong, most of the time, engine-related. So what do you do when it comes on? And what does it mean? Today, we will be answering those questions.   Not all check engine lights mean the same thing; some circumstances are more urgent than others, so please pay attention. If your light only lights up in specific scenarios and turns off, you should pay close attention to how your vehicle performs when it is on. If the light stays on, without any noticeable performance problems, you should still take your car to a mechanic. He or she will be able to decode the computer to see if there's a problem that needs to be fixed.  If the light stays on and you DO experience vehicle performance issues, you should take it to a mechanic. If the light is on and blinking, please pull ... read more

How to Safely Travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday

How to Safely Travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Over 50 million Americans hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. You're bound to encounter traffic, and there will be some congestion. To calm your nerves for the holidays, please do a little planning ahead; it can make all the difference in the world. Here are our top tips to make your Thanksgiving journey safer and smoother! Complete a maintenance check beforehand Before you leave, we recommend you take your car to Four Car Garage for a quick pre-trip inspection to address any possible safety concerns before you hit the highway. We can help you do the following: Measure tire pressure and tread depth Check and replace wiper blades Refill windshield washer fluid reservoir Test your vehicle battery Set aside an emergency kit to pack in your vehicle Please consider the following items for your safety kit: Small shovel Jackets, hats, and blankets Flashlights with new batteries Warning flares or triangles Paper towels Drinking water and non-perishable snack bars Basic ... read more

Top Questions to Ask Every Mechanic

Top Questions to Ask Every Mechanic

We understand that it can be intimidating and stressful at times to visit the auto repair shop. It's a similar feeling you get going to the dentist, but instead, we pick at your car! However, the most important thing to know is that you are in charge of your vehicle at the end of the day. Mechanics like to be asked questions, so you should ask as many questions as you may need to feel comfortable with the services done to your car. Here are some suggestions and top questions on what to ask your technician when you visit any auto shop: "Are your mechanics licensed?" - It is always a bright idea to ask if the shop's mechanics are licensed or certified. This will give you peace of mind that the staff working on your vehicle are trained and know how to handle your vehicle. "What is wrong with my vehicle?...Can you give me more details..?" - Don't be afraid to ask in-depth questions about what is actually at fault with your automobile. Asking these question ... read more

What Is the Difference Between Classic, Antique, and Vintage Cars?

What Is the Difference Between Classic, Antique, and Vintage Cars?

There is a lot of ambiguity on what exactly a classic car is and what sets it apart from vintage and antique cars. To the average person, the term "classic" is interchangeably used when describing any old car that looks like it doesn't belong on the roads with modern motorists.   Vintage vs. Classic vs. Antique Cars  According to the American Collectors Community, there are some criteria for making a vehicle "classic" or "antique": model year and historical status. Below are all three types of non-modern cars and their generally agreed-upon age requirements: Vintage Car: Made between 1919 and 1930 Antique Car: Made 1975 or earlier  Classic Car: Made 1990 or earlier  In other words, the classic car terminology applies to vehicles over 20 years old. Antique cars are over 45 years old, and vintage vehicles are built between 1919 and 1930.    But as with many subjects in the automotive industry, not everyone can agree ... read more

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